After years of working as a theatrical scenic painter, Jeffrey Batchelor had a broad command of many different styles, but when he decided to embark upon his fine art painting career, it was realism that proved to be his strong suit. Although time-consuming and labor-intensive, it was always in realism that he found his voice, and in realism that he was able to stand out from the throngs of hopeful artists. Batchelor has continued to reach for higher levels of detail, and to show realism in a way that allows the viewer to see and embrace his subjects with an understanding that they might not have had otherwise. He does not use an airbrush, a tool often prized by artists who paint on his level of realism. Batchelor has great respect for those artists who use it well, but he prefers glazes and blending, and a more tactile involvement with his work. Conceptually, Batchelor's work ranges from straight realism to surrealism, and from rectangular canvases to shaped canvas panels that he builds, thanks to his extensive training in theatrical scenic construction. In his glass pieces he seeks to produce a spectacle of understanding within complexity. Often working with magnifiers, Batchelor delineate and define the myriad of reflections and refractions that exist within thick blown and cut crystal - realism for realism's sake. When realism becomes too constraining for hi, he likes to reach into surrealism, to take an idea or a concept and develop it with a magical flavor. This allows him to elicit the viewer's thought processes and visually define a concept, idea, or feeling. When a rectangle becomes constraining, he creates shaped panels that he paints in trompe-l'oiel fashion. This gives him endless possibilities for shape and depth illusions. Batchelor has great appreciation for all styles and approaches to painting, but the truth for him is "To thine own self be true..." He is an ultra-realist painter. It is hard and a lot of work, and he says he'll never be able to create as much as he'd like. However, he paints to the best of his ability; to do less would be to do dishonor to the gift he's been given. "I must, at the end of the day, be proud of my work. And I am."


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